“Baldwin, Wright, and Malcolm were the first signs that led him onto another path, one he followed until enveloped by a forest of black books… where others saw America in lovely columns, marvels of engineering, and refined democrats, Dad saw only masks concealing the heralds of woe. He was a slave still, and all around him black people heaved under the invisible yoke.” Ta-Nehisi Coates
The Beautiful Struggle is an extraordinary memoir from Ta-Nehisi Coates - one of the the most important new voices in the US race debate and the author of New York Times bestseller Between the World and Me, hailed by Toni Morrison as “required reading.”
What follows is an exclusive extract from his memoir (out this month), in which he recalls his father's journey of political discovery; recognising his own experiences in the writing of James Baldwin, Richard Wright, and Malcolm X, through to joining the ranks of the Black Panthers in Baltimore in the 1970s.
- Image from The Atlantic “White Privilege” by Ta-Nehisi Coates